SEAMASS News & Member Briefs
  • Upcoming Event: Special Projects Spotlight | 8 a.m. - Noon
  • SEAMASS SE3 Committee Awarded NCSEA Grant
  • BBRS Advisory Committee Positions Open | Apply by Dec 16
  • SEAMASS & NCSEA Resources & 2019 Summit Updates
  • Young Member Group (YMG) News & Events
  • Member Profile: Meet David Schnerch, PhD, PE
  • Event Recap: Steel School: Practical Wisdom from Industry Experts
  • Event Recap: Advancements in Wood Design and Construction
  • Career Opportunities - Our Members are Hiring!
  • Welcome New SEAMASS Members & Sponsors
  • Invitation: Upgrade Your SEAMASS Membership to Include Sponsorship
REGISTER NOW for November 20 | 8:00 a.m. - Noon:
Projects Spotlight Seminar
Featuring 3 Projects Presented by 8 Design Experts
Don't miss this unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about these spotlight projects directly from industry-leading design firm professionals:

Green Line Extension
Design Firm: STV
Presented by:
Mark Ennis, PE | Vice President
Jerome MacKenzie, PE | Senior Structural Project Manager
Andrew Bradshaw, PE | Structural Project Manager
Nikola Nikolov, SE | Senior Structural Engineer

Little Building Renovation at Emerson College
Design Firm: McNamara Salvia
Presented by:
Adam McCarthy, PE | Principal
Rami Bahjat | Project Engineer

ISEC Pedestrian Bridge at Northeastern University
Design Firm: Arup
Presented by:
Patrick S. McCafferty PE, LEED AP | Structural Engineering Leader
Michael S. Shearer, PE | Senior Structural Engineer

SEAMASS SE3 Committee Awarded NCSEA Grant
The newly-formed SEAMASS SE3 Committee was recently awarded a grant from the NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee to establish a local SE3 Chapter dedicated to promoting equity and engagement within the local structural engineering community, and to finance an inaugural seminar featuring a presentation on the results of the 2016 SEAONC and 2018 NCSEA SE3 surveys.

Robert Kane, Design Engineer at McNamara Salvia and Past President of SEAMASS Young Members Group, served as Financial Coordinator of this year's NCSEA SE3 Symposium and submitted for the grant on behalf of SEAMASS. He explains, “ This is exciting news for SEAMASS. The $800 NCSEA award will jump-start our efforts to organize a rewarding symposium series for our local engineering community.” 

Bill Lovallo, PE, Vice President at LeMessurier Consultants and President of SEAMASS, notes, “ I am pleased that NCSEA has recognized and rewarded the dedicated efforts of our state’s SE3 Committee as we strive to be at the forefront of furthering the ideals of SE3, to benefit all structural engineers and the firms and clients they serve.”

Four Key Points from the Grant Application:
  • The SEAMASS Board of Directors will support SE3 efforts by matching NCSEA grant funding. Funds will enable the SEAMASS SE3 Committee to positively impact employee retention and satisfaction levels within the engineering community.

  • The SEAMASS SE3 Symposium will facilitate an open dialog on the importance of diversity & inclusion, work-life balance, career development, mentorship, workplace culture, and flexible business practices.

  • The SEAMASS SE3 Committee intends to foster continued enthusiasm for the SE3 program by hosting quarterly seminars exploring the 10 recommended practices of the SE3 on an individual basis. Seminar participants will be exposed to interactive workshop exercises, such as speed mentoring socials and conflict resolution case studies, empowering them to initiate meaningful changes in their workplace.

  • The SEAMASS SE3 Committee intends to share the results of their efforts with fellow member organizations (MOs) by maintaining a working partnership with the NCSEA SE3 Committee, and collaborate with fellow organizers to plan the 2020 SE3 Symposium.
BBRS Advisory Committee Positions Open
Applicants are Encouraged to Respond by December 16
The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) announces that two positions will open in the next few months; one on the Structural Advisory Committee and one on the Chapter 34 Advisory Committee. Any practicing structural engineer interested in serving on either committee is encouraged to email their resume by December 16 to Dan Walsh, Certified Building Official, at, and indicate the advisory committee they seek to join. All resumes will be reviewed by BBRS Chairman John Couture, who selects new advisory committee members. 
Young Members Group News & Events
The SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) continues to grow and enhance the SEAMASS membership community.

SEAMASS YMG Selected as Finalist for NCSEA YMG of the Year Award
The SEAMASS Young Members Group is once again a finalist for the 2019 NCSEA YMG of the Year Award, which recognizes the Young Member Groups that have made the greatest impact on their young members, member organization, and communities this past year. Our YMG was one of five nominees considered for top honors (others were MN, GA, WA and Metro WA). The winner will be announced at the 2019 NCSEA Summit, at the YMG Reception on Nov. 12 and at the NCSEA Awards Dinner on Nov. 14.  View our YMG's submission package that earned finalist-status.

YMG President Chelsea Hoplin, PE, Project Engineer with GEI Consultants, earned a scholarship to participate in the Summit, based on her winning essay submission.
YMG Event Recap: Tour of The Hub on Causeway
 In October, representatives from LeMessurier and Moriarty led the SEAMASS YMG on a tour of The Hub on Causeway, a $1.2 Billion, dynamic mixed-use development over a busy transit hub adjacent to TD Garden that will feature 1.5M sq ft of retail, office, hotel and residential space. Young engineers appreciated the opportunity to learn about the project’s complex design and construction. After the tour, participants enjoyed apps and refreshments in Boston’s West End. 
YMG Event Recap: SEAMASS Summer Celebration
In August, the YMG hosted a Summer Celebration for members to meet and network while enjoying food & beverages on the patio at the Cannon Design office.
Follow or Link to SEAMASS YMG on these Social Platforms:
Instagram (@seamassymg) and  LinkedIn  
For more info, visit the YMG Page of
C ontact SEAMASS YMG Chair Chelsea Hoplin, PE for opportunities to participate.
Steel School: Industry Experts Share Practical Wisdom
Presenters, from left: Brad Fletcher, Erik Nelson, Jonathan Hamann, Brock Bessey, Cary Grant
On October 9, nearly 70 participants learned directly from leading professionals about several aspects of designing and working with steel. The half-day seminar offered 4.0 SEAMASS or NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs, and presentations included:

Braced Frames, Moment Frames and Cantilevers
Erik Nelson | Structures Workshop

Top Things You Should Know About HSS Connections
Brad Fletcher | Atlas Tube

Design Detailing & Efficiencies in Steel Design
from a Fabricator’s Perspective
Brock Bessey, Cary Grant, Jonathan Hamann
from Cives Steel Company, New England Division

Event Sponsor: Fenagh Engineering and Testing , represented by Joe Francisco
Advancements in Wood Design & Construction
Presenters, from left: Ricky McLain, PE, SE; Tanya Luthi, PE; Randall Walter, AIA LEED AP
On September 10, more than 70 participants including engineers, architects and building officials explored the mass timber products that are driving innovation and changing the way designers view sustainable construction methodologies, including code applications and real-world project examples. Presenters reviewed computer modeling and software integration into design and fabrication, as well as changes to the 2021 International Building Code, which will allow up to 18 stories of mass timber construction.

The event offered 4.0 SEAMASS-Certified or 4.0 NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs, as well as 4.0 AIA, 4.0 LU/HSW, and 0.4 ICC credits for these presentations:

The Mass Timber Revolution: Removing Obstacles, Breaking Ground  
Tanya Luthi, PE | Entuitive  
Leveraging Data and Printing Buildings: Design-Build Information Management
Randall Walter, AIA LEED AP | Bensonwood 

Exploring Tall Wood: New Code Provisions for Tall Timber Structures
Ricky McLain, PE, SE | Woodworks

Event Sponsors:
Rothoblaas, represented by James Muhaw
Structure Fusion, represented by Michael Kissane
Meet a Member: David Schnerch, PhD, PE
David Schnerch is an Associate Principal with more than 14 years of experience in structural and forensic engineering. He currently works for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) in Boston. David earned bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Design (Architecture) and Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and a doctorate in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. Much of his research focused on the use of fiber-reinforced polymer materials for strengthening concrete or steel structures.
David has answered the questions below, so we may get to know him better. Thank you, David, for your contributions to SEAMASS and the Structural Engineering profession!
Q: Why did you join SEAMASS?
A: I joined SEAMASS to keep up-to-date with various technical and regulatory changes, network with peers outside of WJE, and hopefully make some small contributions along the way. SEAMASS is a relatively young organization and I appreciate its dynamic quality and the contributions from its Young Members Group.
Q: As an Engineer, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: I’m proud that I had the opportunity to have contributed to the preservation of many significant historic structures in Boston and elsewhere and solve problems facing much newer structures as well. It is satisfying to be able to recommend and implement a course of action to mitigate an underlying condition of distress or deterioration.
Q: Describe a project you're involved with.
A: Probably the most unique project I am presently involved with involves repairs to a Usonian Automatic house that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Similar to other “Automatics,” these residences were intended to be simple enough to be constructed by a normal homeowner. The structure consists of modular concrete blocks that are dry-set without mortar. Reinforcement is placed in cavities that are formed at the horizontal and vertical joints between the blocks and then grouted to form the wall and roof structure.

Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: I enjoy cycling, gardening, and cross-country skiing in my free time and am often able to substitute my daily commute for a much more enjoyable bike ride to the office.
SEAMASS & NCSEA Resources & Updates
2019 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit | Nov 12–15, 2019 
This year’s summit will be at Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, featuring a new format. Beginning on Tuesday and ending Friday afternoon, this year's program offers more education and less overlap. It will feature a Timber-Strong Design Build™ Competition, in partnership with the American Wood Council, APA–The Engineered Wood Association, and Simpson Strong-Tie, who've partnered with NCSEA to bring this competition to the Summit for competing student teams from across the country.  The conference will also feature The SE3 National Symposium, the first of its kind to be held in conjunction with a national engineering conference. 
How to Update Your Profile & Access Your Benefits
in the NCSEA Member Portal
The Member Login section in the upper right corner of the NCSEA web site provides no-cost access to the Member Portal, a members-only section of the web site that provides access to white papers, member-only tools & resources, discounts to ICC publications, and digital issues of STRUCTURE magazine.  
If you have never logged in, here's how:
Click on the member login link and enter the e-mail address you used when your joined or renewed your SEAMASS membership. Then enter the (case-sensitive) password NCSEA1234. First-time users will be asked to create a new password. 

If you've logged in before, and forgotten your password:
Enter your email address, and click "forgot password", to receive an immediate email with password reset instructions.

How to update your contact info (Name, Email, Mailing Address, etc.):
The My Information section of the Member Portal provides you with access to your personal record, including contact information, transaction history and mailing preferences. NOTE: Please also notify with any changes to your contact information, so we can update our SEAMASS Roster.
Career Opportunities - Our Members are Hiring!
Senior Structural Engineer 
Gale Associates, Inc., a national engineering/planning firm celebrating more than 50 years in the industry, has an exciting opportunity for a Registered Structural Engineer to serve as manager of Gale’s Structural Engineering Group, overseeing all junior staff within the division. View Full Position Description
Structural Engineer or Technician
LeBrasseur Engineering, a small engineering firm in Newton, MA that specializes in residential and small commercial structures, seeks a structural engineer or technician (minimum 2 years) who is dynamic, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and able to work with minimal supervision on a variety of design and inspection projects. Working remotely at times is a possibility. View Full Position Description
Senior Project Manager
LeMessurier, an award-winning structural engineering consulting firm, seeks a Senior Project Manager in our Boston Office. LeMessurier works closely with architects, owners, contractors, developers, and artists from around the world on a wide variety of projects. We seek a Senior Project Manager to enhance delivery on our special projects. View Full Position Description
Senior Structural Engineer  
Rimkus Consulting Group, a world leader in forensic engineering and consulting with more than 60 offices across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, seeks a Civil/Structural Engineer to work in the New England Area. The ideal candidate will perform investigations on buildings to determine origin and cause of problems or failures. Rimkus offers a flexible schedule, excellent work/life balance, and more.    View Full Position Description
Structural Engineer 
Structural Services, Inc., a small but growing engineering firm in Reading, MA specializes in comprehensive engineering design services for residential construction, multi-family development, light commercial projects, hospitality structures, and historic renovations utilizing wood, steel, concrete, and masonry. We seek an experienced structural engineer looking for a dynamic, challenging, and creative array of projects to collaborate on with our team of engineers and BIM modelers.  View Full Position Description
This section is a benefit to all SEAMASS Sponsors . Email SEAMASS Secretary Aaron Ford with a brief description (and/or a PDF or link to a description on your website) for publishing consideration in SEAMASS News.
Welcome New Members & Sponsors
SEAMASS welcomes recent new Members & Sponsors:


Christopher DeFeo

James Gayle, EIT | L.A. Fuess Partners

Christopher Hendrix, PE | Principal Structural Engineer | Jensen Hughes

Orion Paul, EIT | L.A. Fuess Partners

Yuwei Qi, PE | Project Engineer

Nisheet Reddy, EIT | Structural Engineer | GEI Consultants

Benjamin Rybaltowski, EIT | Project Consultant | SGH


Invitation: Upgrade Your SEAMASS Membership
to Include Business Sponsorship
Current members who’ve already paid their $50 annual dues are invited to upgrade their membership to a SEAMASS Sponsorship, for just $300 more (less than $1 per day) for Professional or Business Sponsorship. Corporate Sponsorship is also available for $1,200/year (less than $5 per day).  Click the link below to access a one-page PDF with sponsor options, benefits and registration links.
SEAMASS is grateful to these Annual Corporate Sponsors for
their support and Dedication to our Organization
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